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American Spaces

American Spaces exemplify the U.S. commitment to a core tenet of democracy: the citizen’s right to free access to information. Hosting more than 16 million visits each year, American Spaces supports the foundation of public diplomacy by creating a place for in-person engagement with foreign audiences.

With over 700 Spaces in 169 countries worldwide, American Spaces provide welcoming environments where visitors can connect and learn about the United States. Hosted in embassies, schools, libraries, and other partner institutions worldwide, American Spaces are platforms for providing information about the United States, our policy, culture, and values; English language learning; alumni activities, and information about study in the U.S.

A multifunctional platform for public diplomacy programs, American Spaces promote open dialogue, counteract negative preconceptions, and build bridges of understanding. Often located outside of capital cities, they serve as venues where embassy officers and employees have the opportunity to meet with local residents who have limited exposure to American culture and ideals.


Date: 02/15/2012 Description: A popular Mexican blues-jazz band attracted more than 120 people to a free 2-hour concert at Mexico City's Benjamin Franklin Library, an example of how IIP's American Spaces are used to advance cultural and policy diplomacy.   - State Dept Image Date: 02/08/2013 Description: Students from the SMP Almasih Jakarta School participated in a Black History Month talk at Jakarta's @america American Space.   - State Dept Image Date: 10/04/2012 Description: Egyptians gather for IRC Cairo's weekly English Conversation Club meeting to discuss U.S. political parties. American Spaces provide safe, secure places for local groups to meet.   - State Dept Image


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